Parts of the Randstad area got more rain on Wednesday than usually falls in the entire month of September. Between 40 and 70 millimeters of rain fell in Zuid-Holland, Noord-Holland and Utrecht on Tuesday, according to Weeronline. Nieuwkoop got a massive 130 mm or rain.
Ten years after the outbreak of the credit crisis, the average selling prices of existing owner-occupied homes in the Netherlands are back on the level of 2008. Though the recovery can mainly be seen in the Randstad area. Prices in the big cities are now far above the 2008 level. But in many places outside the Randstad, house prices are still lower than before the crisis, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday.
The massive primary school teacher shortage in the Netherlands seems to be mainly limited to the big cities in the west of the country, according to figures from benefits agency UWV that newspaper Trouw requested. There are enough, or even more than enough, teachers in the north, east, and south of the Netherlands, the newspaper writes.
As you get farther away from the big cities, it becomes easier and easier to fill vacancies. Outside the Randstad there are still more teachers than there are jobs available, and some teachers even struggle to find work.
The prices of existing homes in the Netherlands increased by 8.8 percent in the second quarter compared to a year earlier, reaching a record high. The number of home sales decreased almost everywhere in the country, Statistics Netherlands and the Land Registry reported on Friday.
The housing shortage in the Netherlands is estimated to keep growing until 2020, reaching a peak around the end of 2018, according to a study by real estate advisor Capital Value in collaboration with ABF Research, NU.nl reports.
The aldermen form the Randstad want more money to be invested for the light rail, the rapid transit railway in the Randstad. If that doesn't happen, they fear that the public transport will be paralyzed within 10 years.
NOS conducted a study asking the councilors form municipalities in the Randstad how they pictured the development of the light rail. The questions concerned the actual plans and whether the investments by the Rijksoverheid (the central government) behind it were sufficient.
In his first New Year's Day address to Amsterdam, Acting Mayor Jozias van Aartsen praised Amsterdam as a respected capital city, one that "feels connected to the rest of the country." The annual address lauded efforts to reduce overcrowding in the city center, the development of new neighborhoods and hotspots, and focused attention on continued need for public transit investment.
Despite today being a holiday, traffic information service VID warns motorists to expect "heavy traffic jams" this afternoon, RTL Nieuws reports.
The roads will start getting busy from early afternoon, especially on the routes from the east to the Randstad - the A1, A12 and A28, according to VID. The traffic service expects that traffic will peak at around 100 kilometers of traffic jams on Dutch highways.
A 37-year-old doctor from Leiden is suspected of sexually abusing at least three underage girls and of secretly taking videos and photos of naked patients. The court in The Hague remanded him into custody for 60 days on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.
The man worked as a temp in various GP practices. He was arrested on October 24th, after the parents of one girl pressed charges against him. "The suspicion has now ben extended with a possible second and third case", the Prosecutor said. The sexual abuse did not happen in a doctor's practice, according to the Prosecutor.
Noord-Drenthe is the most prosperous region in the Netherlands, according to the Broad Prosperity Indicator by Rabobank and Utrecht University. Residents of Noord-Drenthe are happy, healthy and feel safe. Gooi also scored very well. People living in the Randstad are much less satisfied, ANP reports.
Housing prices in the Netherlands were on average 9.7 percent higher in the third quarter than a year ago, realtors association NVM announced. "The housing market is overheated in many places, especially in the cities", NVM chairman Ger Jaarsma said to broadcaster NOS.
The number of electric cars in the Randstad area will grow massively in the coming years, according to a study on the purchase of electric cars done by grid manager Stedin, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and ElaadNL. This is partly thanks to the fact that electric cars are becoming more affordable, ANP reports.
The rapid rent increases in the free sector seems to be slowing down in most of the big cities in the Netherlands, according to figures from rental site Pararius for the second quarter. Only Utrecht is still seeing large rent increases. Outside the Randstad, however, rental prices are skyrocketing, NOS reports.
Outside the Randstad areas, rental prices increased on average by 10 percent in the second quarter. The average increase in the Randstad was 4.7 percent. Flevoland and Groningen even saw increases of 23 and 17 percent respectively.
In the past quarter the number of homes sold in the Netherlands decreased for the first time in nearly three years, according to realtors association NVM. The association attributes the decrease to a shortage in available homes on the market. There were 97 thousand existing homes for sale throughout the Netherlands last quarter - the lowest number since 2004, NOS reports.
In April, May and June 56,900 homes were sold in the Netherlands, a decrease of 0.8 percent compared to the same quarter last year.
A major signal interruption in the Randstad means that no train traffic is possible to and from The Hague Central Station. Passengers have been stuck on a train near the station for over an hour, according to AD.
The disruption is also causing delays and problems in the rest of the Randstad region, according to NS. Train traffic to and from Leiden Central Station is also at a standstill. And no Intercity-direct trains are traveling on the HSL route between Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
Before the end of the year Shell plans to equip 20 of its petrol stations in the Netherlands with rapid car charging points. In this way the Dutch oil and gas giant wants to provide for a growing need - the number of electric cars in the Netherlands is increasing rapidly, ANP reports.
Commuters trying to navigate the Amsterdam area were advised to allow for plenty of extra time if using the highways on Monday evening after a fire in a Schiphol Tunnel passageway led to the closure of both the tunnel and the southbound A4 motorway towards Den Haag. Drivers were told to divert to the congested A2 to Utrecht, and then take the A12 road west as an alternative, adding 30 to 40 kilometers to the drive home.
There were no reported injuries in the fire, but the fire did damage safety systems in the tunnel.
The four largest cities in the Netherlands, united under G4, want the Dutch government to invest 35 billion euros into sustainability and infrastructure in the Randstad. The G4's plans span 15 years in which time some 1 million "green" homes will be built and accessibility to the city regions will be greatly improved, Het Parool reports.
The Mayors of Rotterdam, Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht met with Prime Minister Mark Rutte a few weeks ago to present their plan, Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb confirmed to the newspaper.
NS managed to prevent a strike by train drivers and conductors that are members of union VVMC planned for today with a lawsuit. The court in Breda banned the strike for the time being because there is a safety risk when crowds of people are stuck together, for example on platforms. From January 6th the union is allowed to arrange a strike, NRC reports.
NS train drivers and conductors that are members of union VVMC will be striking in the Randstad region on Friday, the union announced on Wednesday. NS expects that the strike will have "major impact across the country" that may last the entire day, NU.nl reports.
The strike is scheduled from the start of the morning until 11:00 a.m. Drivers and conductors stationed in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Hoofddorp will be striking. The union could not say how many people will actually lay down their work, but did say that the willingness to take action is great.
Rents in the private sector in the Netherlands increased again in the third quarter. The average rent increased by 6.2 percent, compared to the same quarter last year, letting agent Pararius reported on Friday, according to the Telegraaf.
The average rent rose from 13.27 euros per square meter in 2015 to 14.11 euros per square meter. According to Pararius director Jasper de Groot, the increase can partly be attributed to a shortage of rental housing for people with mid level incomes in the Randstad.
Frits Goldschmeding, founder of recruitment agency Randstad, is again on top of the Quote 500 list - the list of the richest Netherlands residents. This is despite seeing his wealth drop by a quarter this past year, AD reports.
Goldschmeding tops the list with assets amounting to 3.5 billion euros. Second place went to construction magnate Dik Wessels, who saw his assets increase by 10 percent to 3.3 billion euros. And in third is chemisstry billionaire Hans Melchers, whose assets increased by 25 percent to 2.5 billion euros.
The Dutch forestry sector wants to build a total of 100 thousand hectares of new forests in the country in the coming decades. The proposal to do so will be presented at the National Climate Summit in Rotterdam on Wednesday, Trouw reports.
Constructing these forests will cost about 3 billion euros, spread over 30 years. The sector believes that the plan will contribute to meeting the energy and climate targets set for 2050. If the proposal is accepted, new forests will be set up in the Groene Hart in the Randstad and the Veenkolonien in Groningen and Drenthe.
The overheating Dutch housing market is making it harder for first-time buyers to enter the market, according to realtors' association NVM. The downsides of an improving housing market are becoming more visible, the association said based on its third quarter figures